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What is Almotriptan?

Almotriptan is a medication prescribed for the relief of symptoms of migraine attacks, such as headache, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. It is also available under the brand names 'Almogran', 'Almotrex' and 'Amignul'. Almotriptan is only available with a prescription, and once a diagnosis of migraines has been made by your doctor.

How does it work?

Although the cause of migraines is not entirely clear, they are thought to occur when blood vessels in the brain widen. Symptoms include a throbbing headache, sensitivity to light and sound and nausea and vomiting.

Almotriptan contains the 5HT1 agonist of the same name. It works on serotonin receptors in the brain, mimicking the action of serotonin and narrowing blood vessels. For best results, you should take a dose as soon as your migraine headache starts. However, you can take it at any stage of an attack.

How to use Almotriptan?

You should always follow the advice of your doctor when taking any new medication. The following is an overview of how to take Almotriptan:

  • swallow a 12.5mg tablet with a drink of water
  • take tablets with or without food
  • if the first dose does not relieve your symptoms, do not take another
  • if the first dose provides relief but your headache returns, you may take a second dose
  • however, you should not take a second dose within 2 hours of the first

For a more comprehensive summary, as well as a detailed list of side effects and precautions, please consult the patient leaflet.

What are the possible side effects?

As with all prescription medications, side effects are a possibility.

Commonly reported side effects include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • tiredness
  • dizziness

Please note, this is by no means a complete list of adverse effects. For a complete list, please consult the patient leaflet.

If you experience any side effects that concern you, you should stop taking Almotriptan and contact your doctor.

What precautions should I take?

You should always inform your doctor about any other medicines you are taking, including over-the-counter treatments and herbal remedies. These could interact with Almotriptan and increase your risk of side effects.

You should not take Almotriptan:

  • if you are taking any other triptan medicines
  • within 24 hours of taking ergotamine or its derivatives
  • you are under the age of 18

You should consult your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to conceive. As Almotriptan can be excreted in breast milk, particular caution should be exercised if breastfeeding. Infant exposure can be minimised by avoiding breastfeeding for 24 hours after use.

Treatment Information
Treatment Information
Product Name: Almotriptan
Active Ingredient(s): Almotriptan
Manufacturer: Creo Pharma
Description: Almotriptan is a medication prescribed for the relief of symptoms of migraine attacks, such as headache, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound
Exemption: Subject to medical prescription
Administration: Oral
Presentation: Tablets
Available Dosage: 12.5 mg
Application: Adults suffering from migraines
Posology: Consult patient leaflet
Drug class: Selective serotonin receptor agonists
Alcohol consumption: Avoid alcohol consumption
When breastfeeding: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
When pregnant: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
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